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Here is where we will be out and about at Shows, Talks and Workshops in the year ahead.

The talks are booked by specific groups but you don't need to be a member to attend, as visitors are always welcome for a small contribution. Please contact us by phone or email if you would like to book us or if you need any more details. A description of all the talks we offer are here.

29 Sep 2018: World Textile Day North
Show
Frodsham Community Centre, Fluin Lane, Frodsham, Cheshire WA6 7QN
Sat 29 Sep 2018, 10am to 4.30pm

This venue couldn't be easier to find! It's very accessible by motorway from all over the north. Added to this is the friendliness of the venue and the fact that many textile groups meet here. The theme for all this year's World Textile Days is: "WORKING TOGETHER" and we'll reflect this in our exhibition and the main talk of the day

The morning talk is at 11am and is by Jim Gaffney! The talk is called "Many Hands make Light Work" and its a new talk! Jim will be showing how many of his personal favourite textiles have been made, not by one person, but by a whole team. 

In the afternoon at 2pm, one of the traders will give a talk on "One of our favourite textiles" and then there will be time for you to bring along one of your favourite textiles and talk about it.

The day is FREE and the tickets for either the afternoon or the morning session cost just £3 each.

There is plenty of free parking right outside the hall in Frodsham and lots of nice cafes just a short walk away. Teas, coffees, sandwiches and cakes will be available and there is plenty of space to catch up with your textile loving friends. As usual the Braid Sociey will be setting up their "have a go" demonstrations in one of the rooms.

More info about all our World Textile Days can be found here

 

6 Oct 2018: World Textile Day West
Show
Saltford Hall, Saltford. Between Bristol and Bath BS31 3BY
Sat 6 Oct 2018, 10am to 4.30pm

 Always our last show of the year and one of the best. The Community Association do everything to help us with publicity and run a great cafe. There are also lots of keen quilters, weavers and general textile lovers around the area, who come to support us.

The theme for all this year's World Textile Days is: "WORKING TOGETHER" and we'll reflect this in our exhibition and the main talk of the day

The morning talk is at 11am and is by Bob Irwin of the African Fabric Shop. This year he will be talking, not about textiles, but about beads. His talk "Beauty and the Bead" shows how beads are made by communities in West Africa.

In the afternoon at 2pm, one of the traders will give a talk on "One of our favourite textiles" and then there will be time for you to bring along one of your favourite textiles and talk about it.

The day is FREE and the tickets for either the afternoon or the morning session cost just £3 each.

There is plenty of free parking right outside the hall. Teas, coffees, sandwiches and cakes will be available and there is plenty of space to catch up with your textile loving friends.

More info about all our World Textile Days can be found here

23 Mar 2019: World Textile Day Wales
Show
Minerva Centre, High Street, Llanidloes SY18 6BY
Sat 23 Mar 2019, 10 am - 4.30 pm

Our theme for 2019 is "Inspired To Create" and we will be having a series of guest artists at World Textile Days with us.

All of our guest artists have been inspired to creativity by their travels and their contacts with textiles and textile makers from around the world. In Wales we have Jacqui Carey, a very well known stitch and braiding expert and author who has researched braidmaking extensively in China and Japan.

Jacqui will be speaking at 11 am. As usual our talks only cost £3 per ticket (and are available on the day)

We'll have a short 30 minute talk in the afternoon (details on the day!) and a session of "Wear and Tell" - your chance to wear something interesting from somewhere around the world and tell us about it!

Tea, coffee and cakes provided by Llanidloes Quilt Group.

Good free or cheap parking nearby

Delicious lunches in Llanidloes close by.

Weaving and braid making demonstrations also in the hall at this venue.

Come and join us at our first World Textile Day of 2019.

13 Apr 2019: World Textile Day South East
Show
East Horsley Village Hall, Kingston Avenue, East Horsley, near Leatherhead, Surrey KT24 6QT
Sat 13 Apr 2019, 10 am - 4.30 pm

Our theme for 2019 is "Inspired To Create" and we will be having a series of guest artists at World Textile Days with us. 

All of our guest artists have been inspired to creativity by their travels and their contacts with textiles and textile makers from around the world. In Surrey we have Jennifer Hughes, a local weaver and embroiderer who has spent over 15 years in Thailand and travelled widely in the region. Jennifer helped to set up the Thai Textile Association.

Jennifer will be speaking at 11 am. As usual our talks only cost £3 per ticket (and are available on the day)

We'll have a short 30 minute talk in the afternoon (details on the day!) and a session of "Wear and Tell" - your chance to wear something interesting from somewhere around the world and tell us about it!

Tea, coffee and cakes available at the venue.

Good free or cheap parking and delicious lunches available nearby.

Come and join us at this, only our second World Textile Day in this venue.

17 Apr 2019: North Hampshire Quilters
Talk
Beautiful batik from Java. You will never look at batik in the same way again!
The Everest Community Academy, Oxford Way, Sherborne St John, Basingstoke RG21 9UP
Wed 17 Apr 2019, 7.30 pm

   

The people of Java produce the finest batik in the world, and yet most of the makers are poor and their stories remain untold.

The traditions of making this unique fabric by waxing and dyeing are centuries old and carefully passed on from mother to daughter.

You will be amazed at the patience and expert skills which are needed to make these beautiful cloths and fascinated by the stories and the people behind them.

11 May 2019: World Textile Day South
Show
Wickham Centre, Mill Lane, Wickham, Hampshire PO17 5AL
Sat 11 May 2019, 10 am - 4.30 pm

Our theme for 2019 is "Inspired To Create" and we will be having a series of guest artists at World Textile Days with us. 

All of our guest artists have been inspired to creativity by their travels and their contacts with textiles and textile makers from around the world. In Hampshire we have Janice Gunner, an award winning textile artist, author and teacher who specialises in indigo, shibori and quilt making. Janice has taken tours to study shibori in Japan.

Janice will be speaking at 11 am. As usual our talks only cost £3 per ticket (and are available on the day)

We'll have a short 30 minute talk in the afternoon (details on the day!) and a session of "Wear and Tell" - your chance to wear something interesting from somewhere around the world and tell us about it!

Tea, coffee and cakes available at the venue.

Good free parking at the Wickham Centre and delicious lunches available in nearby Wickham village.

Come and join us at  Wickham again. We had a break last year but we are very pleased to back at this lovely big venue.

18 May 2019: Rocheberie Schoolhouse Quilters
Talk
Wonderful costumes and textiles made for special occasions such as weddings, festivals and religious ceremonies
Crescent School, Bawnmore Road, Bilton, Rugby CV22 7QH
Sat 18 May 2019, 1.30 pm

   

Glamour, glitter, gold, intricate weavings and stunning embroideries are all part of the textiles and costumes made and worn for weddings, festivals and temple ceremonies.

A wedding in Java, a temple ceremony in Bali, New Year celebrations amongst the hilltribes of Northern Thailand, and a Yao wedding in Laos.

The significance of the textiles, and the stories of their designs are as fascinating as the way they are made and the events they are made for. Come and enjoy!

1 Jun 2019: World Textile Day Central
Show
King's Sutton Millenium Memorial Hall, Astrop Road, King's Sutton. Near Banbury OX17 3PG
Sat 1 Jun 2019, 10 am - 4.30 pm

Our theme for 2019 is "Inspired To Create" and we will be having a series of guest artists at World Textile Days with us. 

All of our guest artists have been inspired to creativity by their travels and their contacts with textiles and textile makers from around the world. In Oxfordshire, we have Heather Koumi, a batik artist from Rugby. Heather has been working with batik for many years and was a founder member of The Batik Guild 30 years ago.  In 2013 she travelled to the heartland of batik, Java to work alongside batik artists there and this is the story of the influence this trip had on her work.

Heather will be speaking at 11 am. As usual our talks only cost £3 per ticket (and are available on the day)

We'll have a short 30 minute talk in the afternoon (details on the day!) and a session of "Wear and Tell" - your chance to wear something interesting from somewhere around the world and tell us about it!

Tea, coffee, sandwiches and cakes available at the venue.

Good free or cheap parking and delicious lunches available nearby.

Come and join us and meet up with textile-loving friends at this central venue.

8 Jun 2019: Gwynedd Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers
Talk
A journey along the ancient Silk Route from Khiva in Uzbekistan to Kashgar in China looking at the textiles we found along the way.
Talgai Hall Llandegai, Bangor LL57 4HU
Sat 8 Jun 2019, 2 pm

Although long gone, the ancient Silk Route which linked China with the west, still retains a memory of former textile glories. This section of the route begins in Khiva and passes through the desert khanates of Bokhara and Samarkhand, across wild and mountainous Kyrgyzstan and finishes on the remote and desolate far western border of China.

The people of these regions have seen huge changes to their traditional ways of life and cultural values by Soviet or Han Chinese domination as well as the ever-present demands of 21st century life. However, hand made textiles still play a central role in everyday life and in many cases, production of handicrafts of all kinds is making a triumphant return.

Jim and I have recently completed an overland trip along the Silk Route focusing on textile producing centres. On the way we discovered carpet making, natural dyeing, fine suzani embroidery, felt making and silk ikat weaving. 

15 Jun 2019: World Textile Day Scotland
Show
Bridge of Allan Parish Church Hall, Keir Street, Brisge of Allan, near Sterling FK9 4NW
Sat 15 Jun 2019, 10 am - 4.30 pm

Our theme for 2019 is "Inspired To Create" and we will be having a series of guest artists at World Textile Days with us. 

All of our guest artists have been inspired to creativity by their travels and their contacts with textiles and textile makers from around the world. In Scotland our guest artist is Pat Archibald an award winning textile artist, teacher and quilter who will be talking about how her travels in Africa have inspired her work.

Pat will be speaking at 11 am. As usual our talks only cost £3 per ticket (and are available on the day)

We'll have a short 30 minute talk in the afternoon (details on the day!) and a session of "Wear and Tell" - your chance to wear something interesting from somewhere around the world and tell us about it!

Tea, coffee and home baking available at the venue.

Good free or cheap parking is available near the Hall and delicious lunches are available nearby in the lovely town of Bridge of Allan.

Bridge of Allan is also accessible by train from all over the region, and the station a 10 minute walk from the venue

Our customers come from all over Scotland every year to join us at this event and we try our best to make it an enjoyable and interesting day.

 

13 Jul 2019: Shire Quilters
Talk
Beautiful batik from Java. You will never look at batik in the same way again!
The Unitarian Church Hall, 116, Holyhead Road, Coventry CV1 3AE
Sat 13 Jul 2019, 2 pm

   

The people of Java produce the finest batik in the world, and yet most of the makers are poor and their stories remain untold.

The traditions of making this unique fabric by waxing and dyeing are centuries old and carefully passed on from mother to daughter.

You will be amazed at the patience and expert skills which are needed to make these beautiful cloths and fascinated by the stories and the people behind them.

7 Sep 2019: World Textile Day East
Show
Mundford Village Hall, St Leonard's Street, Mundford, near Thetford. IP26 5DW
Sat 7 Sep 2019, 10 am - 4.30 pm

Our theme for 2019 is "Inspired To Create" and we will be having a series of guest artists at World Textile Days with us. 

All of our guest artists have been inspired to creativity by their travels and their contacts with textiles and textile makers from around the world.

In Norfolk our guest artist is our very own Magie Relph, textile artist, teacher and quilter who will be talking about how her years of travel in Africa have inspired her own work.

Magie will be speaking at 11 am. As usual our talks only cost £3 per ticket (and are available on the day)

We'll have a short 30 minute talk in the afternoon (details on the day!) and a session of "Wear and Tell" - your chance to wear something interesting from somewhere around the world and tell us about it!

Tea, coffee and cakes available at the venue.

Plenty of free parking and delicious lunches available nearby.

Come and join us at our very popular Show in Norfolk.

 

28 Sep 2019: World Textile Day North
Show
Frodsham Community Centre, Fluin Lane, Frodsham, Cheshire WA6 7QN
Sat 28 Sep 2019, 10 am - 4.30 pm

Our theme for 2019 is "Inspired To Create" and we will be having a series of guest artists at World Textile Days with us. 

All of our guest artists have been inspired to creativity by their travels and their contacts with textiles and textile makers from around the world. In Cheshire, we have Janice Gunner, an award winning textile artist, author and teacher who specialises in indigo, shibori and quilt making. Janice has taken tours to study shibori in Japan.

Janice will be speaking at 11 am. As usual our talks only cost £3 per ticket (and are available on the day)

We'll have a short 30 minute talk in the afternoon (details on the day!) and a session of "Wear and Tell" - your chance to wear something interesting from somewhere around the world and tell us about it!

Tea, coffee and cakes available at the venue.

The Braid Society wil be demonstarting and exhbiting too

Good free parking at the Community Centre and delicious lunches available in nearby Frodsham.

Come and join us at  Frodsham again, and meet up with textile loving friends from around the area.

5 Oct 2019: World Textile Day West
Show
Saltford Hall, Wedmore Road, Saltford Bristol BS31 3BY
Sat 5 Oct 2019, 10 am - 4.30 pm

Our theme for 2019 is "Inspired To Create" and we will be having a series of guest artists at World Textile Days with us. 

All of our guest artists have been inspired to creativity by their travels and their contacts with textiles and textile makers from around the world. In Bristol our guest artist is Isabella Whitworth an award winning textile artist, teacher and expert in natural dyes who will be talking about how her travels in serach of beautiful natural dyed textiles have inspired her work.

Isabella will be speaking at 11 am. As usual our talks only cost £3 per ticket (and are available on the day)

We'll have a short 30 minute talk in the afternoon (details on the day!) and a session of "Wear and Tell" - your chance to wear something interesting from somewhere around the world and tell us about it!

Free parking at Saltford Hall.

Delicious food will be available, served up by the Saltford Community Association.

Saltford is very easy to get to by public transport too, it's on the bus route between Bath and Bristol